Quick Shot: High Tide at the Cliffs

If you didn't read my Leica SL review, then you probably missed these photographs I took with the new Leica SL while visiting the Hunstanton Cliffs last weekend. My goal was to test the camera in a variety of different shooting styles and techniques and to really test alot of the features a landscape photographer would use. But if you are just here for the pretty photographs, we'll cut straight to those and I won't bore you with camera mumbo-jumbo if that's not your bag!

Unfortunately, I didn't consult a tide chart before heading out, so we were at the cliffs during high tide. While this normally wouldn't be a problem, the thing I was hoping to photograph - a shipwreck on the beach - was underwater! So I'll go back next week after checking the tide chart to get the photograph I really wanted..... but I think these make some great substitutes for an underwater shipwreck!


Quick Shot: Inbound Storm

I dream about clouds.... or at least dream about the opportunities to photograph really rich and detailed clouds like the one featured in today's quick shot. 

This photograph was literally a "quick shot" - I was on a cruise through coastal Alaska when I happened to notice this big thunderhead in the distance. I immediately pulled out the camera and took a few quick snaps of the storm before our ship passed through the storm.

Photographs of clouds can be really hit or miss - but this one I think is a hit, especially in black and white. What do you think?

A thunderstorm brewing over the islands of coastal Alaska

Quick Shot: Cave

I found myself in Malibu Beach last year for a few days and wanted to shoot the coastline. There was one particular area of Malibu Beach that I knew had some caves to explore when the tide was out. I grabbed the camera and wore some water shoes to get the shot! 

The cave photo proved to be a bit of a challenge. The waves would come up high enough to hit my mid-calf with every wave. At first I tried to run in and out between the waves to get the shot and minimize how wet I got (besides the shoes, I was dressed inappropriately as I'd just come from work). That didn't work - my timing was bad and I ended up with foot prints in the shot. After a bit of trial and error, I decided to just roll the pants up as high as they'd go and hope the dry cleaner wouldn't be too mad at me!

It worked - I got several shots, but selected this one. I liked the seagull in the background and it had nice detail in the cave shadow.  

Shot with the Nikon D7000 and edited with Adobe Photoshop. Black and White conversion done with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. 

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